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Florida concerns about felons voting

Reported by Chrish - October 17, 2008 -

This morning 10/17/08 on FOX and Friends, with Kilmeade and Carlson on the couch and Doocy at The Villages in Florida, where he's promoting his book (published by News Corp's William Morrow), the McCain cheerleading continued, and the Obama-bashing switched gears from the "Ayers Connection" to the "Joe the Plumber" storyline. More doubt was sown over elections in swing states, setting the stage for challenges and legal actions.

Judge Andrew Napolitano appeared for a short segment to detail Florida law regarding felons and voting. According to him, once a convicted felon is out of jail and has completed probation and paid restitution, if he or she is not a "three-time loser" or a habitual offender or a sexual offender (?), (s)he can vote. Of the 100,000 felons previously registered to vote, about a third are eligible to vote in 2008 but because of the difficulty in tracking and communicating between the Dept. of Corrections and the local elections boards, it is conceivable that some ineligibles could vote.

IF somehow the state gets those 100,000 names distributed to the proper localitites by November 4, anyone appearing on those lists would have their vote put side as a provisional ballot that would only be scrutinized and counted in the event of another razor-thin margin.

Again and as usual on FOX, no concerns are addressed about purging voter rolls, insecure voting software, or voter caging, all tactics employed by Republicans in recent elections.

Comment: It's just a national disgrace that after the debacle of 2000 there are still questions about election procedures in this country, supposedly the world's leading democracy. The Bush administration should have made this their first priority - but seeing how incompetent and corrupt they've turned out to be, it's a good thing they haven't. The month before a quadrennial event is not the time to start tweaking things and hollering about known weaknesses. But this plays well into the emerging Republican plan to challenge, accuse, and generally cause chaos again this November.